• Old School WWF Referee Celebrates His Birthday
Old School WWF Referee Earl Hebner celebrates his 71st birthday today.
Earl Hebner, the brother of fellow Old School WWF Referee Dave Hebner, worked for the World Wrestling Federation (later World Wrestling Entertainment) from 1988 until 2005.
In 1997, at the Survivor Series PPV, Earl was the referee during the infamous Montreal Screwjob, who was ordered by Vince McMahon to “screw Bret Hart”.
He worked for Total Nonstop Action! (TNA), later known as iMPACT Wrestling, from 2006 till 2017 and was even inducted into their very own Hall of Fame.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY EARL HEBNER!
• RAW Wrestler Set To Receive Major Push
WWE has one of its biggest markets in India, and they’ve called back Jinder Mahal to help them in expanding their success there.
In March this year, WWE and Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) announced a five-year extension. As part of the deal, SPN will get rights to RAW, SmackDown and NXT. The deal also includes all pay-per-view events and rights to WWE Network content which will be available on SonyLIV, the OTT platform for SPN.
The India TV deal is quite significant for WWE, as they consider it one of the factors in the stock increase they experienced in March.
“The Modern Day Maharaja” turned babyface last week on RAW, and he’s expected to headline WWE shows in India as a good guy when they head there.
Expect more of Mahal on WWE programming from now onwards.
For those who don’t know, WWE’s TV shows draw 10 times more viewership in India than they do in US every week.
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